50 YEARS AGO
A proposed airfield and industrial park on Kent Island opened the Tuesday meeting of the county commissioners as W.A. Hardy, chairman of the County Economic Development Commission, accompanied by Patrick Duggan of the Planning and Zoning Commission presented recommendations resulting from the recent feasibility study.
Nathan Morris, owner of Kentmorr Airpark and Marina on Kent Island ... offered to donate the county’s share of the cost of 70 acres of land on Route 8 just south of Route 301 at the eastern end of the Bay bridge.
The survey indicates that Castle Marina’s airstrip and Carroll’s Airport in Dominion are also possible sites if rezoning and construction data can be compiled.
••• Two barns, a church, a house and a tree were struck by lightning in a recent electrical and rainstorm that stopped and skipped around Queen Anne’s County late Tuesday afternoon.
The first terrific lightning bolt to hit in the area struck the steeple of the Calvary-Asbury Methodist Church, just 100 yards from the firehouse in Sudlersville, with a sound like an exploding cannon.
A small barn on the farm of Donald Foster on Route 300 near Dudley’s Corner burned to the ground when lightning struck the building. A tree was struck on Route 19 at Roberts about 5:15 p.m.
• • • On Tuesday the county commissioners met with representatives of Rummel, Klepper and Kahl, consulting engineers of Baltimore, to discuss the firm’s wish to prepare a comprehensive plumbing and sewer plan for this county.
The need for a countywide plan has arisen in order to make [Sudlersville and Queenstown] eligible to apply for state and federal funds.
The study would include studies of present population, projected population growth, and industrial growth patterns as well as setting up sanitation districts for unincorporated communities.
The General Assembly’s budget balancing act that the governor signed last week could be good news for MidShore residents.
The newly balanced budget calls for a $35 million increase in motor vehicle fees and saves more than $300 million in federal highway funds that could allow the Department of Transportation to continue funding the Kent Narrows drawbridge, according to Del. Ronald C. Franks, R-Queen Anne’s.
The action also increased the transportation trust fund by $12 million that could fund a new and sophisticated MedEvac helicopter in Centreville and another one in Southern Maryland, Franks said Thursday. The old Bell Jet Ranger singledengine helicopters are use at those bases now, but they are grounded at night and in bad weather.
• • • Sludge from seven Anne Arundel County sewage treatment plants could soon be applied as fertilizer at Pier One Marina on Kent Island, if approved by state environmental officials. But local residents probably won’t get an opportunity to voice an opinion on the proposed sludge application.
Queen Anne’s County commissioners decided Tuesday not to hold a hearing because people rarely show up. The county is not required to hold a hearing ... but had in the past because because of public concern that is apparently dwindling now.
• • • The sky was blue, the grass was green, and the temperatures were very, very hot Saturday as several hundred people gathered at what was once the historic “My Lord’s Gift” farm to celebrate the opening of Queenstown Harbor Golf Links, the county’s only full-size public golf course.
The course has 18 holes ready to play and nine more are scheduled to open this fall or early next spring. A putting green, chipping green and driving range are also available.
“We’re a public course, but we want to give people the quality that they would get at a country club,” said Trent Wright, the head PGA pro at Queenstown.